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Ticonderoga: A Driveable Day Trip From Lake George

There's Lake George the lake and then Lake George the Village - and the Town of Lake George! If you limit your visit to the area to just the Town and Village, you're missing out. Take a drive up the western side of the lake to visit the Ticonderoga region. The area is steeped in history, outdoor enthusiasts will love all the recreational opportunities, and you'll find a quieter vibe than at the lake's southern basin.

Hit the Road to Ticonderoga for History & Scenic Sights

At the northernmost part of Lake George, bordering Lake Champlain, you'll find Ticonderoga. In fact, the name even means "between two waters."

canons and a historical actor

Ticonderoga is perhaps best known for Fort Ticonderoga, a massive 18th-century fort built by the French. Today it's a museum that offers live demonstrations and reenactments, a seasonal corn maze, and a historic garden that is worth writing home about.

split image with corn maze sign on left and garden on right

Bonus tip: Fort Ticonderoga allows you to bring your own lunch (they also have a small cafe for grab-and-go options), and there are a ton of picnic tables on site, so it's easy to make a day trip around the museum.

Don't think Ticonderoga's fun stops at the Fort, though. Head out on the water with the Fort Ti Cable Ferry, connect with nature on the LaChute River Walk Trail, and bring the children to Bicentennial Park, where there's a playground, a covered bridge, a waterfall, a walking path, and plenty of space to soak in the sights.

waterfall

Speaking of scenic sights, you can't leave Ticonderoga without taking a drive up Mount Defiance, which looks out over Lake Champlain towards Vermont. It costs $10 to drive up, or, if you visit Fort Ticonderoga beforehand, they'll give you a token to go up for free.

view of trees and water from a summit

Ticonderoga is a popular destination in the Southern Adirondacks, but don't forget about Hague, just under 15 minutes south of Ticonderoga. Click through to the link below for more:

More Adirondack activities and scenic sights await in nearby Hague »

Ticonderoga, NY Listings
Lake George Retreat
Ticonderoga, NY
Two vacation rental homes on the northern end of Lake George each offer lakefront accommodations and all the amenities you need for a memorable getaway. Rent one or both and enjoy tons of privacy right on the shores of Lake George.
Brookwood RV Resort
Ticonderoga, NY
Beautifully wooded Family Campground and RV Park nestled in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains just minutes from Historic Ticonderoga, Lake George and Lake Champlain.
Fort Ticonderoga
Ticonderoga, NY
Fort Ticonderoga is a bucket list destination! Bring the family and enjoy hands-on activities, daily weapon demos, boat tours, world-class museum exhibits, beautiful gardens, friendly animals, and more. Rain or shine, there's something for everyone!
Sand Dollar Lake Haus
The Sand Dollar Lake Haus is the ideal lakefront vacation home that is located right on Lake George, but away from the hustle and bustle of the village. The rental house features 4 bedrooms, gorgeous lake views from the deck, and much more.
Black Point Beach
Ticonderoga, NY
Black Point Beach in Ticonderoga is known for its stunning views of historic Rogers Rock and Lake George. The beach is open from 10am to 6pm daily through mid-August.
Bodette's Barbecue
Ticonderoga, NY
Barbecue restaurant serving up favorites like pulled pork, brisket, smoked turkey and more. Enjoy classic sides like hushpuppies, baked beans, and coleslaw. Also offering pig roasts.
Burgoyne Grill
Ticonderoga, NY
Enjoy traditional pub fare including burgers, steaks, seafood and pasta. Check out the chef's daily specials and the nightly specials like Create-Your-Own Pasta on Tuesdays and Seafood Night on Fridays.
Burleigh's Luncheonette
Ticonderoga, NY
Grab breakfast and lunch 6 days a week with all your favorites like french toast and breakfast sandwiches. Check out the classic homestyle dinners on Friday & Saturday.
Eddie's Restaurant
Ticonderoga, NY
Enjoy delicious pasta dishes and fare from the grill at Eddie's Restaurant. Open Wed - Sat 4:30pm - 9pm.
House of Pizza
Ticonderoga, NY
Stop in for a slice or grab a pie to go. Their dough is made fresh daily. Add a side of wings or garlic knots or try one of their hot subs.
Libby's Bakery Cafe
Ticonderoga, NY
Artisanal restaurant serving breakfast and lunch with house-roasted meats, many of which are from local sources. Don't miss their fresh pastries and bread in the bakery case.
Mossy Point Boat Launch
Ticonderoga, NY
The Mossy Point Boat Launch is located two miles south of Ticonderoga on Black Point Road. There is no fee, and it has an accessible hard launching surface.
The Hot Biscuit Diner
Ticonderoga, NY
Get all your favorites like biscuits & gravy, burgers, and ham steak at this country style diner.
Ticonderoga Area Farmers' Market
Ticonderoga, NY
Check out the Ticonderoga Area Farmers' Market for all your farm fresh needs! The market features fruit & vegetable farmers, several specialty vendors, and themed events and entertainment.
Wagon Wheel Restaurant
Ticonderoga, NY
Stop in for breakfast, lunch or dinner and enjoy homemade soups, homemade pies, daily specials and prime rib dinners every Friday & Saturday.